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Off to the beach tomorrow, what can i take to entertain the dd's (ASD)?

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Marne Fri 29-May-09 17:15:57

Ok, this could turn out to be a great day or the worst day ever.

We are taking the girls to Studland beach tomorrow, dd1 hates walking on sand (i have bought her some beach shoes) and hates the water, Dd2 loves the water so much that i will spend most my day chasing her as she runs for the water.

How can i get them to sit still for a while when dh and i relax grin?

What can i take with me to keep them busy?

I will be taking buckets and spades as dd2 is happy to dig, dd1 wont do much that involves touching the sand so i need to take something for her to do.

Phoenix4725 Fri 29-May-09 17:22:37

i always take small paddling pool with me

Phoenix4725 Fri 29-May-09 17:24:07

ds sits in it eithher with water or just sits plays wit toys in it

Marne Fri 29-May-09 17:28:56

We have a small blow up boat which could work well as a paddling pool, dh will have to get it out of the shed as there will be spiders living in it. grin I will try and find some toys to put in it. Thanks Phoenix.

ilovepeppapig Fri 29-May-09 19:45:35

what about:

colouring pens and a note book?

sticker book?

bubblagirl Fri 29-May-09 20:00:31

we have portable dvd player lol or a games console thats all that will keep ds still long enough

dot to dot mind you is becoming a good one

hope you have a relaxing time and all enjoy yourselves

anonandlikeit Fri 29-May-09 20:57:45

Big magnet & lots of 2p's.
She can pick things up & play in the sand without touching it IYKWIM.

5inthebed Fri 29-May-09 22:05:16

I second the paddling pool idea. Maybe take 2? Fill one with some water and toys, the other with just toys, and voila you have two little person spaces grin. Hope you have a nice time!

Pixel Fri 29-May-09 23:52:55

I don't think I'd recommend anything electronic near sand as it gets everywhere no matter how careful you are, and I remember how upset dd was by the sad demise of her furby wink.

Pixel Fri 29-May-09 23:54:56

Sorry I mis-read that, thought it was the OP suggesting taking dvd player to beach. Doh!
Just ignore me blush.

bubblagirl Sat 30-May-09 06:40:06

no me throwing out ideas we used to take pop up tent and portable dvd player for ds its all that would work but now we an get a way with dot to dot

amberlight Sat 30-May-09 07:46:55

The beach? Eek! Scratchy sand, wet water, and when you walk on the sand, it moves! shock and then it gets everywhere. And the sunlight sparkles off the sea which is totally mesmerising and I forget what I'm supposed to be doing.

I take along huge very soft blankets/sheets to sit on, on the driest possible sand so t doesn't stick. And very very soft towels. And suntan lotion that is non-sticky. And a beach umbrella as I can't cope with hats or sunglasses very easily. But the seashells and pebbles are brilliant - so much fun to be had from organising them, putting them in patterns, finding the best ones, etc.

daisy5678 Sat 30-May-09 12:04:17

J (autism and ADHD) loves the beach. It's his happiest place ever. He spends so much time playing with the sand and 'chasing waves'. He loves putting sand in a bucket, tipping it out and starting all over again. Sometimes it's the little things that entertain them!

amberlight Sat 30-May-09 12:23:15


Marne Sat 30-May-09 16:09:48

Well were home,
We filled dd2's boat with water which she played in, last year she was fine with the sand on her feat (unlike dd1), this year she would only walk on it with her socks and shoes on grin, she didn't moan though, she loved playing with her toys in the boat full of water and happily sat on the towels and me whilst eating a picnic. Dd1 actually managed to walk on the sand this year without having a complete meltdown over having sand on her feet [proud emotion].

I am now nursing a sun burnt Dh who wouldn't put sun cream on his legs as its too sticky grin.

bubblagirl Sat 30-May-09 17:25:57

i'm glad you ahd a great day and dd enjoyed themselves give dh a slap on the legs for me lol men will be men

2 yrs ago dp was adamant on first day in spain he was going to oil up and get a tan he spent all that day and rest of holiday red raw with prominent glasses marks on his face lol that'll teach him but they wont be told and we worry about thew kids lol

Pixel Sun 31-May-09 00:53:43

Glad you had a good time. When you posted yesterday I was still recovering from taking ds to the beach the day before, but I didn't want to tell you that at the time grin.

LollipopViolet Sun 31-May-09 19:50:11

I went to the beach with my friends today, and apart from my sight am NT. But BOY, am I STUPID! I'm SOOOOO sunburnt in random places, I hope your DD's tolerate suncream!

5inthebed Mon 01-Jun-09 20:21:24

Glad you had a good time on the beach.
The sea is the only place ds2 will actually take his socks off! He will only walk on the wet sand, but he loves being in the water. However, we still have screaming abdabs at bath time. hmm

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